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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Lacy portrait finished!

I finished the memorial "double portrait" of Lacy for Betty K.


Lacy lived in Tennessee with Betty near the Smoky Mountains, where they hiked together often. Lacy loved the water & hiking. Here’s what Betty told me about her:

She was happy all the time. Loved people, animals, everything. She noticed everything. Very calm. She was friends with everyone, both people & animals. “Everyone loved Lacy!!”, Betty said. 


Double portrait of a red Doberman in a river scene with sunset clouds, by Kevin Roeckl

Prismacolor pencil and watercolor on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

20 x 26 inches


Here are a few close-ups to show the details in this complex piece.

Lacy lived to almost 11, she was the oldest Doberman Betty has had.

“Lacy” (Mikadobe’s Maroon Bell) Sept 2010 - June 2021. 


Lacy’s smiling face is transparent in the scene, as though her spirit now lives in the sky and the clouds, the Smoky Mountains and the rivers which she loved.


Detail of the Doberman head study in a double portrait of a red Doberman


Detail of the Doberman standing in a river in a double portrait of a red Doberman

Betty sent many scenic photos from her hikes with Lacy. The background in this portrait is from photos of a river with the Smoky Mountains in the background, and beautiful sunset clouds reflected in the river.


Detail of the background scene in a portrait of a red Doberman

Betty asked that I include a dragonfly somewhere in the artwork. I didn't want to make it too prominent and take attention away from Lacy, so I hid it in her reflection. To the right of the dragonfly I put a small heart rock, just where the river meets the shore, to symbolize the meeting of canine and human hearts.


Detail of the rocks and dragonfly in a portrait of a red Doberman

Prismacolor pencil over watercolor underpainting, on Pearl Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

20 x 26 inches


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